Batty for Bats!

Bats are a most beneficial, but much misunderstood creature. It is most effective to have children learn at a young age the importance of all of Earth's creatures in the web of life and health of humankind. For this reason, we do a Bat Unit in second grade, as part of our Science studies.

We begin with the story of Stellaluna. After reading this, we make a Venn diagram comparing bats and birds. A great nonfiction companion book is Bats by Gail Gibbons.


These books are
also known as
paired books
or twin texts,
and are a wonderful
way to compare
fiction and nonfiction.
We then proceed to online resources, including a Living Book of Stellaluna. We especially like the Bat Buddies program created by Arlington's Gail Treanor.

As a culminating activity, the children, with partners, type facts about bats using a word processor (we use Appleworks). These typed facts create a class book which is duplicated so that each child has a copy.

Below you will find links to help
you and the children in your life
explore the wonderful world of bats.
If you have comments or suggestions,
please feel free to email me.


"BEST OF THE BATS"
SITES


Bat Buddies
A week long online unit
created by Gail Treanor

Bats Bats Everywhere

Stellaluna Friends and More

In Search of Stellaluna's Family

Stellaluna's Friends
Projects from many classrooms - great ideas!

Going Batty!
This site has wonderful resources!
Please check it out!

Bats at Mathwire.com

Bats at Enchanted Learning

A to Z Kids Stuff Bats

Bats and backgrounds by
the AWESOME Nyanna
Thank you, Nyanna!

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